Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 31, 2009, Athens, Alabama
Shelby plans visit to Tennessee Valley PAGE 4AThe News Courier
Sening Athens and Limestone County: A Community of Tradition and Future
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Visit us onUne
Grant: Happy to e at bama
New Alabama basketball coach , Anthony Grant talked to his son about the chance to "be significant" by taking the Tide where it has never been - the Final Four
SPORTS, PAGE IB
'Cats eye Caiipari
Memphis University officials give the University of Kentucky permission to speak to head basketball coach John Cajipari about the Wildcats' vacant position.
SPORTS, PAGE IB
Get the news with your morning coliee
SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS COURIER BY CALLING 232-2720
7 69847 00C
Board votes to close Reid
By Jean Cole
Veteran Limestone County school board member Charles Shoulders said Monday he voted to close 50-year-old Reid Elementary School, in part, for the children.
Shoulders and the six other Limestone school board members voted unanimously to close the kindergarten through sixth-grade school off Browns Ferry Road in Athens and
transfer its 166 students to Tanner High School — a kindergarten through 12th-grade school — for the 2009-2010 school year.
“It was very tough for me to close Reid, but for the last 10 years it has been a subject that has frequently been raised,” Shoulders said at the close of the meeting. “People at Reid are tired of us holding it over their heads. With the current economic situation, we decided to go ahead and make the move.
But funding is not my only reason to vote to close Reid. I am concerned that every year we delay, we are depriving these children of the best technology we can have before them.”
Still, the main reason for closing Reid was economic.
It would cost $2 million to renovate the See Reid, page 2A
Pinch of histoiy, dash of nostalgia
NEWS COURIER/KIH RYNDERS
Ann Crutcher, a member of the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, comes ip regularly to the museum to explain to tour groups about World War II victory gardens and cooking during rationing of ingredients during wartime. She said the wood stove In the background is like the one her mother and grandmother cooked on.
Ann Crutcher remembers shortages during wartime
By Karen Middleton
When First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden outside the White House a few days ago, it was met with a great deal of fanfare from the national press corps.
The First Lady told reporters and a group of assembled school children that the purpose of the garden was to make sure her family and everyone on the White House staff and guests would
See Victory, page 5A
The public was issued ration books during World War II for such commodities as sugar, gasoline and shoes.
Public gets armed amid fears of gun, ammo bans
By Karen Middleton
Annie, get your gun. Your local dealer is almost out.
That’s the way it seems to some folks, who have been buying up firear^.is and ammunition in the wake of Barrack Obama’s election for fear the new president will push for stronger gun control legislation and higher excise taxes.
Political considerations aside, firearm sales are also traditionally higher in times of economic downturns.
Tim Knox of Madison Guns & Ammo said guns, ammunition and taser sales have increased greatly.
“We noticed sales going up right alter the Primary Election,” said Knox. “I think the election has a lot of guns and ammunition sales up across the country.”
In recent years. Democrats have been stricter advocates of gun control. The Brady Bill under former Democratic President Bill Clinton made it unlawful for a person to manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon.
Of particular scarcity now is the AR-15 style or AK style rifle anywhere in this area, according to gun dealers.
There’s also been a run on the ammunition and clips that go with those rifles, because of fears they will be taxed to the point that no one can buy them.
“Every time I sell a gun I have to call it into the FBI for an instant background check,” said Knox. “I would say I’m calling in four to five times as more since the election.”
Knox said he hears customers frequently comment they are purchasing
See Guns, page 3A
Veteran Bob Jones coach to bring his act to Ardmore
By Ashity Hargrcjve
ARDMORE - After a long search and reviewing the resumes of 42 applicants, Ardmore High Sdiool oflBcials have selected a new head football cogch.
Shannon Brown, who most recendy served as head coach at Bob Jones High School in Madison where he led the Patriots to the Alabama Hi^ Sdiool Athletic Association Class 6A state playofis from 20^ 2008,was named coach at
the Limestone County Board of Education meeting Monday night. Brown takes over for Tracy Malone vdio step^)ed down after three seasons with the Tigers.
“I’m really exdted about the commitment from the community and the foundation of tradition that has been laid at Ardmore frx»m Coach Ccxiper,” Brown said. “It’s just like havii^ CoacJi “Bear” Biyant at Alabama, you can’t replace a legend
Set Coadi, page 2A
NEWS COURIER/ASHLEY HARGROVE
Shannon Brown, right, shakes hands with Ardmore High principal Tommy Hunter Monday night. Brown was named head football coach.
DA offering bad check amnesty period in April
People who have outstanding bad checks in Limestone County can take advantage of an amnesty pericxl, April 1-31, to pay for bad checks instead of being arrested, according to the Limestone County District Attorney’s Office.
Those who do not pay by the deadline will be arrested beginning May 1.
“We encourage everyone who has an outstanding bad check to take advantage of this amnesty pericxl,” said District Attorney’s Investigator Chris Slaton. “We realize that these are hard economical times for all people but the merchants that have been given these
See Checks, page 3AIndex
Obituaries ....... 2A
Elsie Young Stevens
Donna Gwynn Teston
Washington Street Diner
One Block Lost of Atliens Square
1 OO Washington St.
Breakfast Cooked to Order Great Plate Lunches
Served from 1 1 :OOam-2:OOpm
CDpen ó.OOam ifl 2.<X)pm /Wsn.-Fri. • 6:00am «I 12<X3pm Set.
Take Out Orders - Call ^3^2-0.203 Ch^k out our Oaily Blum Ptafm SpecialOnline editionFind the day’s oddest stories at
enewfcourier.comWeird News under the Local and • State/Nation headings